After much research, viewing countless YouTube videos, and several sewing trials, we developed a pattern that we feel provides the most effective design for the wearer AND the sewer.
Our Design Includes
- A pocket for an optional HEPA filter, or other filter media.
- An insert for an optional AND removable pipe cleaner nose piece. Pipe cleaners do not wash well. It is recommended that masks be cleaned after each use and a new, disposable pipe cleaner be used each time the mask is worn.
- Ties instead of behind-the-ear elastic. Response shows that masks made with elastic ear loops present issues – they are uncomfortable behind the ears, the elastic easily breaks, they do not wash as well, and most importantly they do not property fit.
- Shoelaces for ties. Handmade fabric ties is completely compatible with this design, if the sewer chooses. We suggest the use of flat tennis shoelaces, which provide a much faster sewing finish time, dependable and easy to tie/untie straps, easy to wash, and affordable to purchase.
- The mask is large enough to be worn over an N95 mask, if necessary.
- Sizing recommendations for adapting the (adult) face mask pattern to a children’s size mask.
- Basic cutting instructions for “fussy” cutting front/back fabrics.
Sewing & Fabric Requirements
- A sewing machine and basic tools for cutting, sewing, and pinning/clipping.
- A 1/2 yard cut of fabric will make 4 adult masks and 1 child’s mask with maximized cuts (with no fussy cutting).
- ONE PAIR of tennis shoelaces (36″ or longer) per mask sewn.
- For the best result, we recommend that you heavily starch (Best Press) and press your fabrics before cutting and sewing them.
- We strongly recommend that you sew a minimum of TWO masks per person for ease with wash and wear.
Ultimately, we just want everyone to stay safe and healthy! We’re providing this pattern as a FREE item in our store. Click HERE to download.